Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cold weather in the Main Line means it’s time to book your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting up there in years, it might be time to prepare yourself for a furnace replacement. As is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a considerable investment in your home. The pros at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or annual furnace service. We have some tips for you to ponder while deciding the future of your furnace. 1. Age of System This will almost certainly be the most telling factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been a lot of improvement in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has almost hit its teen years, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can work with you to determine if it’s the right time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an investment a homeowner doesn’t want to make until needed. That’s why comparing the price tag of constantly repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a vital part of the decision-making process. When you start comparing the two we have a few things to keep in mind. Furnace service Make note of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving whenever possible. Furnace replacement When evaluating what size your new furnace needs to be it’s a good idea to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation related to your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the typical routine of people living inside the home. The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the expense of a replacement. Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to greater energy savings down the road. After you’ve researched the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s an uncomplicated rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the expense of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the best option may be a replacement. Our team in the Main Line is here to guide you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some guidance in finding a good replacement, give the pros at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 610-626-2540 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.